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Driving abroad: Top tips for 10 fly-drive destinations

Speed limits, strange traffic signs, unique laws, and handy driving tips: we bring you essential guides to driving abroad in 10 popular fly-drive holiday destinations.

Thinking of driving abroad in Spain? Going on an epic road trip in America? Not sure if you need an international driving permit to drive in the UAE? Before you head out on the highway, you’ll need to do some homework first.

Driving abroad: rules, regulations, and insider tips

That’s where we come in! Our handy guides give you the basic traffic laws and local information for the some of the most popular places for a fly-drive holiday, from speed limits and road signs that you don’t see at home to some useful driving tips to help you have a stress-free experience on your holiday.

For example, did you know that you have to watch out for camels on the road in Dubai, or that you need to take an extra pair of glasses when driving in Spain? Well, you do now!

Our guide to driving abroad

Simply click on the links below to open our guides to driving in 10 popular holiday destinations, country-by-country.* From speed limits to local rules and regulations, you’ll be ready for your road trip in no time. Let’s hit the road!

Driving in Italy

From the meandering routes of Tuscany’s Chianti wine country to the winding, white-knuckle roads and dramatic coastal scenery of the Amalfi Coast, It’s not all Vespas, gelato, and sunshine when you’re driving in Italy. There are some important things you need to know before setting off on a road trip here.

Driving in Spain

Soak up the rich artistic history of Catalonia, explore Castille-Leon’s historic villages or relax on the beautiful beaches of El Cabo de Gata on your way from Andalucia to Seville. Spanish road trips are packed with local colour and culture – the perfect way to see more on your trip!

Driving in the USA

From iconic Route 66 and the Las Vegas Loop to the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, the USA was made for road trips. Driving rules and regulations vary by state, so make sure you check rules for the state(s) you’re visiting on your trip before setting off.

Driving in Portugal

Portugal boasts some of Europe’s most magical destinations that are best discovered on a road trip, from the vineyards of the Douro Valley to Lisbon and the Atlantic Coast.

Driving in France

There’s nothing quite as magical as a road trip in France, from the colourful harbour towns of Normandy to Auvergne’s volcanic trails and the châteaux of the Loire Valley. Don’t forget they drive on the right here!

Driving in Germany

Germany has some of the best roads for driving in Europe! Whether you’re setting off on the 261-mile-long Romantic Road route or exploring one of over 70 palaces and castles on the 625-mile-long Castle Road route, there are a few rules to be aware of before your road trip.

Driving in Austria

From cosmpolitan cities like Innsbruck, Salzburg and the capital, Vienna, to the high alps and natural parks of Austria’s rural landscapes, road trips here are nothing if not diverse. There are a few regulations you’ll need to know about before you go – especially if you’re planning on driving on the autobahn.

Driving in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands might not be the first place you think of for a fly-drive holiday. But as you explore Tenerife‘s coastal roads and seaside towns and drink in Fuerteventura’s volcanic landscapes (and the beauty of the 2,500 hectares of the Dunas de Corralejo), you’ll wonder why you didn’t head off on a road trip here before.

Driving in Ireland

You could cross Ireland from top to toe in just seven hours, but the beauty of road trips here lies off the beaten track. Stop off at Giant’s Causeway on the Causeway Coastal Route. Or explore the Ring of Kerry’s 179km-long circular route around Killarney National Park, with photo opps at picture-perfect Irish seaside villages along the way.

Driving in the UAE

Hatta, summer destination for Dubaians, surrounded by the picturesque Hakar Mountains, the remote beauty of the Liwa Oasis and its Moreeb Dune…there are so many destinations in the UAE you’ll only see by getting behind the wheel on a road trip. From wandering camels to the Salik system, here are a few things you need to know to make your road trip safer.

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*Information correct as of 26th July 2019, obtained from https://www.rac.co.uk/drive/travel/. Please always check the latest guidance before booking a trip.

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